Celebrating the first two seasons of titles from the independent publisher, Magra Books (magrabooks.com). Gillian Conoley will read from her just published chapbook, Preparing Oneâ€™s Consciousness for the Avatar, along with Martha Ronk reading from her 2016 title, Unfamiliar Familiar; Art Beck from his new translation, Martial, Epigrams; Dennis Phillips from his Desert Sequence chapbook; and Neeli Cherkovski from his forthcoming Magra chapbook, Odes for Ezra Weston Pound. Part of the presentation will also be a memorial tribute to Ray DiPalma (1943-2016), whose For a Curved Surface is one of Magraâ€™s initial offerings.
Based in Los Angeles and Tuscany, Magra Books is a series of chapbooks, printed in editions of 300 copies, featuring unique works by important writers. Each volume, typically 32 pages in length, presents writers who are up to the all-encompassing challenge of producing work that strives to make â€œnews that stays news.â€ Writers who are passionate about language, language that knows no borders. Hosting the event will be Paul Vangelisti and Sean Pessin, part of Magra Bookâ€™s editorial staff.